5 thoughts on “The Blackboard Jungle

  1. My favourite part of this book was the speech the protagonist, English teacher Rick Dadier, makes to his class of teenagers:

    “Tell me, West, do you know what a dream session is? You ever been inside a shooting gallery, West? You know what mootah is, West? You dig a monkey scratching at your back, West? You know what a twist is? You ever flop into some cat’s pad, West? You know what screech trumpet is? Are you hip or from nowhere?…West, do you know what H is? Or C? Or M? Do you know what a fix m

  2. Pretty good novel about teaching in a tough (and I do mean tough) vocational school in NY. Not a job I would want, I can tell you. Made into a movie in 1955. Evan Hunter was an extremely prolific writer who had many pseudonyms, the most famous being Ed McBain who wrote the 87th Precinct novels.

  3. My wife is proud of me. I never quit books and she keeps saying to me, “Life is too short for bad books.” This isn’t a bad book…it’s just dull and Hunter hadn’t developed his sharp prose style yet, so I gave it 100 pages and decided I didn’t want to continue.

  4. The Blackboard Jungle Review

    For my outside reading assignment, I chose to read the book The Blackboard Jungle by Evan Hunter. This book is a work of fiction and I chose it because it looked interesting and it gave a glimpse of what high schools were like in the 1950’s. Even though this book is a work of fiction, it gives a real portrayal of the chaos in a rough 50’s high school. The basic plot follows the challenges faced by North Manual Trades High School English teacher Richard Dadier as he t

  5. Having just spent two years teaching at a tech/vocational high school, I found this book interesting, but not particularly enjoyable. The author did a good job of depicting how helpless and inept a teacher can feel at times… especially when their students are completely uninterested in learning. I could really relate to a lot of that. The book was written in the 50s, and it was disheartening to see that a lot of the educational system’s “issues” haven’t changed in the last 58 years. Also, beca

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